Last weekend, the NMC Collections team hit the open road and headed east on the Trans-Canada in a rental truck loaded with exhibit cases and artifacts. Hosted by the Regina Public Library, the exhibit includes garments and footwear from Canadian music icons in conjunction with the upcoming JUNO Awards, and is on display now until April 29. Thanks to our partners at CARAS (Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences) for including us as a part of the Films, Fashion and Forums programming during JUNO week and providing the footwear on loan for the exhibition!
Fueled by the obligatory road trip food (licorice babies, ketchup chips and energy drinks) and kept awake by a Can-Con soundtrack (The Tragically Hip, Neil Young and others), we braved the winter prairie roads, set up the exhibit and celebrated our successful installation with a prairie brew at Regina’s Beer Brothers Gastropub and Deli (I highly recommend the Half Pints Little Scrapper I.P.A. from Winnipeg).
Some of the iconic items from featured in the exhibition include:
• Terri Clark's designer outfit, worn on the cover of her 1998 album How I Feel
• Tom Cochrane's cowboy boots, worn during his 1992 JUNO Award performance
• k.d. lang's wedding dress, worn to receive the JUNO Award for Most Promising
Female Vocalist in 1985
• Avril Lavigne's black Converse shoes, worn in the video of her hit song “Sk8er Boi”
• Buffy Sainte-Marie's dress, worn for her induction into the Canadian Music Hall of
Fame in 1995
• Nelly Furtado's leather Zanotti boots, worn during her dramatic entrance at the 2007
• Johnny Reid's white Aldo shoes, worn during performances on his 2010 tour in support of A Place
Before the sun went down on install day, I was determined to experience Regina a little more before we hit the road to come home. I bundled up and trudged through the snow and wind down 13th Avenue in the Cathedral Village district, past pottery shops, art galleries and cafes, finding a music store (Cobb Swanson Music) that I couldn’t resist going in. Cape Breton fiddle tunes were on my mind, and though they didn’t have that specifically, I did leave with a couple of Canadian treasures: books of fiddle tunes and piano accompaniment by Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame inductees Don Messer, King Ganam and Ward Allen.
Trans-Canada highway, Canadian music history, the JUNO Awards, a Canadian soundtrack, East coast and Western fiddle tunes, Winnipeg beer, ketchup chips…. it doesn’t get much more Canadian than that.
– Anne Phillips
Coordinator, Collections and Artifact Care